Kanye West takes first official steps towards running for US president
A representative for the rapper, who recently revealed he has never voted before, filed the necessary paperwork and paid the $35,000 (£27,623) fee to appear on Oklahoma’s presidential ballot.
Oklahoma Board of Elections spokeswoman Misha Mohr confirmed he had paid the fee, which two others also did – concert pianist Jade Simmons and cryptocurrency entrepreneur Brock Pierce.
A form, the first required by the Federal Electoral Commission (FEC) to officially run for president, was also filed by the “Kanye 2020” team on Thursday, with the music star’s address given as his Wyoming ranch. There had been some confusion over whether West was actually running.
It also says he is running as part of the BDY party, short for The Birthday Party, which West created when he announced his plan to run earlier this month.
When asked why he chose that name, he said: “Because when we win, it’s everybody’s birthday.”